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  • After NATO withdrawal Afghanistan could slide into a regional proxy conflict

    Defense-Update
    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    With the political situation in Afghanistan in flux and international forces due to leave the country by the end of the year, The post After NATO withdrawal Afghanistan could slide into a regional proxy conflict appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesNew Attack Helicopters to Support India’s Mountain Strike CorpsNorth Korean mini-Drones are Made in ChinaIndia test fires Brahmos supersonic cruise missileThe Ukrainian crisis – a cyber warfare battlefieldDRDO Develops Self propelled Gun…
  • Jordanian Fighter Jets Attack Repel Terror Raid from Syria, Iraq?

    Defense-Update
    News Desk
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the Jordanian army said in The post Jordanian Fighter Jets Attack Repel Terror Raid from Syria, Iraq? appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesIsrael Launches OFEQ 10 Spy SatelliteNew ‘Samson’ C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft Lands in IsraelIsrael Sizes a Gaza-Bound Shipload of M-302 Heavy RocketsPatriots and F-16s Deployment to Jordan: A beachead or UmbrellaI?Boeing P-8A Begins Advanced…
  • CBP actions draw media attention

    Aviation eBrief
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    The recent warrantless stops and searches of general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.  -More- 
  • Nonagenarian checks flying off his bucket list

    Aviation eBrief
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Reg Rye, 92, began flight lessons last Christmas at the Waikato Aero Club in New Zealand.  -More- 
  • Aviation security, customer service in air travel industry

    Aviation eBrief
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Guest Steven Frischling joins the Airplane Geeks podcast to talk about aviation security and best practices in customer servi -More- 
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    ForeFlight

  • Seven Reasons To Go ForeFlight Mobile Pro

    ForeFlight
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Have you been considering the Pro upgrade? To help you determine if the upgrade is right for you, here’s a guide that lays out all the additional features you’ll get for the additional $75 per year. If you currently subscribe to the Standard version, we’ll automatically pro-rate the upgrade based on your remaining subscription time. Simply login to your ForeFlight Manage page, go to the subscription tab, and click Upgrade My Plan; or visit our buy page, enter the email address already associated with your account, and select ForeFlight Mobile Pro. ForeFlight Mobile Pro contains all…
  • Cleared As Filed: A Tip For Amending Flight Plans

    ForeFlight
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    One tip to make your flight preparation more efficient is to amend your filed IFR/YFR flight plan based on the expected route clearance sent via ForeFlight’s Flight Alerts (a Pro feature). This will set you up to be cleared as filed when you contact ATC. Here’s how: Amend your ICAO flight plan right in the app. Once you file your IFR flight plan and you receive an expected route notification (you won’t necessarily get one every time you file): Copy the new route from your expected route notification email to the iOS clipboard. Open ForeFlight to the File & Brief View and select the…
  • ForeFlight Mobile 6.0 Now Available On The App Store

    ForeFlight
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    ForeFlight Mobile 6 is now available for download from the App Store. This release is full of new features and sets the stage for even more to come. This update brings a refined interface throughout the app, a new Profile view, additions to flight plan filing capabilities, enhancements to Stratus, and more. Please note this update requires iOS 7.1 or higher. Here are the new features in detail: Refined Interface Refine has been a theme for us and so we have gone through every page and view of the app to create a more consistent interface with better readability and contrast, without…
  • New Data Cycle, New Improved FAA Digital VFR Charts

    ForeFlight
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    The FAA has greatly improved its digital-Visual Chart (d-VC) production process and we are pleased to incorporate the new style of charts into ForeFlight Mobile with data cycle 1404 effective April 3. Previously, the digital raster files were produced by scanning a printed chart. The new style Sectional and Terminal Area Charts are created directly from digital files, resulting in a crisper, brighter image, improved geo-referencing, and slightly smaller file sizes. Here are some examples of the before and after shown in the ForeFlight Mobile maps view. These look especially nice on the iPad…
  • Bulletin: April 3, 2014 Data Updates

    ForeFlight Data Team
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Data updates are now available to download for the Apr 3, 2014 – May 1, 2014 and Apr 3, 2014 – May 29, 2014 periods: Airport and Navigation Database FAA VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts – using the FAA’s new digital charts for improved clarity and readability. FAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts FAA Ocean Planning Charts FAA Taxi Diagrams FAA Terminal Procedures FAA Documents NAV CANADA Instrument Procedures from the CAP and RCAP NAV CANADA High and Low Enroutes NAV CANADA Documents – now including the Water Aerodrome Supplement (WAS) in English and French. All customers…
 
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    Aviation eBrief

  • N.J. aviation conference focuses on the future of GA

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    The 19th Annual New Jersey State Aviation Conference, scheduled for May 2 and 3 at Princeton University and Alexandria Airpor -More- Aviation Life Insurance – Do you really have the right policy? It is possible you do not have the correct coverage for general aviation. The Pilot Insurance Center knows aviation life insurance - we help pilot find the right policy. We have selected carriers that underwrite aviation at great savings for our clients. (800) 380-8376 or PilotInsurance.com
  • CBP actions draw media attention

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    The recent warrantless stops and searches of general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.  -More- 
  • Italian firm unveils new 4-place light single

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Italy's Vulcanair recently unveiled plans for the V1.0, a four-place light single aircraft.  -More- 
  • Nonagenarian checks flying off his bucket list

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Reg Rye, 92, began flight lessons last Christmas at the Waikato Aero Club in New Zealand.  -More- 
  • Aviation security, customer service in air travel industry

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Guest Steven Frischling joins the Airplane Geeks podcast to talk about aviation security and best practices in customer servi -More- 
 
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • Boeing 737 side-by-side with A380

    Al Marsh
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Here’s an interesting perspective on an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 737 making parallel approaches into Los Angeles. Boeing, how small thou art!
  • Strange but true general aviation news

    Benet Wilson
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    Drinking and flying don’t mix.  A man is facing DUI and obstructing a police officer after allegedly stealing an aircraft from Boulder City Municipal Airport in Nevada, reports Examiner.com.  The man, seen “recklessly” taking off and landing five times, said he was trying to complete part of his pilot’s license. They should have just acted normal. Police in Cody, Wyo., confiscated nearly $260,000 in cash from two men who flew into Yellowstone Regional Airport without a pilot’s license and behaved suspiciously, reports the Powell Tribune. One man was charged with…
  • Strange but true general aviation news

    Benet Wilson
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    EBay auction for Soviet “Bear” bomber pulled.  Someone trying to auction a Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-95 “Bear” on Ebay pulled the long-range strategic bomber from the site, reports ARS Technica. The non-flying aircraft is located somewhere in Ukraine. Do the crime, do the time. Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, Calif., has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of pointing a laser into the cockpit of a police helicopter, reports the Sacramento Bee. He claims that he was just playing with his family and meant no harm. Lightning does strike…
  • Strange but true general aviation news

    Benet Wilson
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Let’s go to the GoPro! Mia Munselle of Cloverdale, Calif., was minding her own business as she was wandering around her pig pen when she found a pig chewing on a GoPro camera, reports the Telegraph. The camera had footage of two skydivers about to jump as the camera falls to the earth, where it sat for eight months. A daring helicopter rescue! A critically ill French Antarctic expeditioner aboard the expedition ship L’Astrolabe was rescued by the Tasmania Police and the Westpac Rescue helicopter, reports Mercury News. The boat was located just outside the range of the…
  • Strange but true general aviation news

    Benet Wilson
    21 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    I hope they got their Valentine’s Day flowers anyway!  Wesley Berry, CEO of FlowerDeliveryExpress.com had to end an expierment to deliver flowers via a drone after the FAA pulled the plug, reports CBS Detroit.  Berry was informed — nicely — that he needed FAA preauthorization for his delivery service. Fire!! Firefighters in Abbeville, S.C., were called to the scene of a Beechcraft Baron that caught fire, reports the Index-Journal. The owner of the aircraft had tried to start the Baron after it had sat idle for several years when smoke came out and it caught fire.
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  • Flying Off center of the magenta line?

    Stephen Bellacera
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    In this day where a GPS receiver is  accurate  to within a few feet at times, does anyone tend to fly a few ticks off of the magenta line just as an extra layer of protection against the midair collision?  If a pilot isn’t following the hemispheric rule, and the two of you happen to be going to and from the same way points at the same altitude, then  your noes will meet within couple feet or less of each other! Then again, its a pain on a long XC to not just let NAV do all the work! Just wanted to get your thoughts… Ofcourse I’ll keep my head outside, and do flight…
  • V1 Speeds for 172′s and other small GA Aircraft and RTO’s

    Stephen Bellacera
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Greetings Pilots!  I was just reading a NTSB report (PB2010-910402) on a Learjet that experienced multiple tire failures on TO which resulted in the fatal crash.  The PIC  decided to attempt a rejected takeoff  (RTO) after passing V1, instead of continuing the takeoff and treating it as a In-flight Emergency.   Anyways… this sad story got me thinking;  As far as I can tell  there is no mention of V1 when it came to PPL training.    Why is this?  And in a C 172 at what speed would you continue the TO if you lost a tire?     My PPL training I felt was very through, but one…
  • Not required to take FOI test if already an IGI or AGI?

    Jay Bunning
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    If you are going to get your CFI and you already have taken the IGI or AGI written test, filled out the 8710 and received your ground instructor certificate, it looks like you don’t need to take teh FOI written test for your CFI certificate. Anyone read the regs any different? Regards, J     §61.183   Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for a flight instructor certificate or rating a person must….. (d) Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor on the fundamentals of instructing listed in §61.185 of this part appropriate to the required…
  • Colored federal airways

    psequeira
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Where could I find colored federal airways? Is there like a separate map I am missing here?
  • AFD Communication Legend

    Dan Chitty
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The AFD legend communication section says that if a frequency with a “R” that is encircled indicates receive only.The AFD legend says that if a frequency with a “T” that is encircled indicates transmit only. You see these designators at nontowered airports and towered airports that are not staffed 24 hours. If a frequency is receive only, how do you transmit? If a frequency is transmit only, how do you receive?   Thank you for the feedback.  
 
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    Max Trescott Aviation Trends Aloft

  • Gossamer Airplane Presentation in Mountain View, California

    Max Trescott
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:23 am
    Hard to believe but, it’s been over 30 years since the pedal-powered Gossamer Airplane flew across the English Channel. Besides winning a huge cash prize, some of the carbon-fiber construction techniques used today were invented during the project. If you’re lucky enough to be in the S.F. Bay area next week, don't miss the Aero Club of Northern California luncheon on Thursday, April 3, featuring Dr. Morton Grosser presenting on the human-powered, Gossamer Airplane project. Luncheon is at 11:15 AM at Michaels at Shoreline, Mountain View, CA. Please send your name and choice of Cobb…
  • Rod Machado dinner event - November 1 Hiller Museum, San Carlos

    Max Trescott
    24 Oct 2013 | 11:49 pm
    “If we had royalty in the United States, then Rod Machado would be the Prince of General Aviation. He sets the gold standard for accomplishments and for being a kind human being who helps others.” That’s what I wrote about Rod in one of my books. If you are in the S.F. Bay area next weekend, run, drive, fly, hitchhike or swim to the San Carlos Airport to meet Rod and hear him speak on Friday night. If you’ve never heard Rod speak then you’re in for a real treat. He’s one of the funniest aviation speakers on the planet, so it’s bound to be hilarious evening. He will be honored…
  • Boeing 777 Procedures from a 777 Pilot

    Max Trescott
    24 Jul 2013 | 7:05 pm
    Media coverage of the Asiana 214 crash underscored a problem with accident reporting: the pilots who know the most about the accident aircraft are often 777 Cockpit. Image from Wikimedia Commons.not the ones you see on television. That’s because most airline pilots are barred by union policy from commenting and sharing what they know. Retired airline pilots are free to comment, though I didn’t see any 777 pilots interviewed. So to get some insight into 777 procedures, I recently met up at a Starbucks with a retired 777 pilot. As background, let me mention that NBC Bay Area invited me to…
  • Finally! An Accurate G1000 simulator

    Max Trescott
    7 Jun 2013 | 10:05 am
    Flight simulators can improve flying skills, especially if they closely approximate a real airplane. But many don’t, so when I teach clients in those devices I frequently say “In the real airplane it works differently from this.”  But finally there’s a device that so closely mirrors the real Garmin G1000 that I don’t need to make excuses for it. It’s the new GT Glass Trainer from Precision Flight Controls (PFC). Technically, most devices found in flight schools are not flight simulators. The FAA reserves that term for the million dollar devices used to train pilots in turboprops…
  • How will it Read in the NTSB report?

    Max Trescott
    31 Mar 2013 | 5:47 pm
    When in doubt about a possible course of action, I think about how any subsequent NTSB report might read. Recently, a student and I had already started the engine, but the ATIS reported a direct crosswind gusting to the aircraft’s maximum demonstrated crosswind capability. The student was ready to go, but I stopped him and we terminated the flight.  This ties in directly with my earlier tip about purging the word “probably” from your flying vocabulary. In all probability, the wind would not have reached a peak gust at the exact moment we took off, and we would not have had an…
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    Aviation Mentor

  • Early April Photos

    John Ewing
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    A few recent photos from various training flights in various aircraft.Approaching front ...Night carnivalCleared for takeoffEn route, CalaverasCumulonimbus mammatus? Get me outta here!Almost on topDodging the yellow stuffHayward SunsetHitching a ride to KLVK with Allan and Chris. We owe you guys!Lots of glassNear KPAOCalaveras DepartureTwilight taxiAltamount clagPort of Oakland at SunsetEn route KLVKSteep turns before the storm
  • Fork in the Road

    John Ewing
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:39 pm
    No one was hurt when a Southwest Airlines 737 mistakenly landed at the wrong airport in Branson, Missouri or when a Boeing Dreamlifter landed at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas, but these high-profile boo boos did reignite a smoldering debate about cockpit automation, autopilots, and stick-and-rudder flying skills. How could experienced flight crews allow this sort of thing to unfold? Is automation the enemy or is it a godsend? It depends on one's perspective and the particular flying situation. With autopilots and glass panels becoming standard equipment, even in light GA aircraft, one…
  • March 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    16 Mar 2014 | 5:42 pm
    A few photos from the last few weeks of flying ...14,500' in a C172 with EIS ... not bad!Skimming the Valley in the Silver SurferOwens ValleyEn Route MammothWinds aloft 350@43 knots, but not too bumpyMammoth in SightThere's a runway down there ... somewhere.Picturesque pattern work at HaywardTurns about a pointDirect OMWAPByron Sunset
  • 8 Things the FAA Could do to Simplify Instrument Procedures

    John Ewing
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Studious instrument pilots read, assimilate, and they ask questions that can be difficult to answer. A recent discussion about why the FAA depicts Computer Navigation Fixes (CNF) on instrument approach procedures is a good example. After the usual spiel, "CNFs aren't to be used for flight planning and will never be referred to by ATC or included in a clearance ..." the pilot responded that he understood what CNFs were, but didn't understand why they are shown on the charts." Why indeed! These sorts of questions can lead to a blue sky discussion about what kinds of changes would make…
  • Ready, Willing, and Able

    John Ewing
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:56 am
    In some traditional disciplines, particularly in the East, the teacher-student relationship has a committed and long-lived character that is seldom part of current day western educational practice. Instead of expecting a teacher to pour knowledge into one's head when it's convenient, the student endures hardships as a way of proving they are dedicated to learning. With the number of general aviation pilots on a slow decline, the notion of a student's dedication to training is at odds with an increasingly popular notion that instructors must cater to the needs of their students. The promise…
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    Cockpit Conversation

  • Quick: Name the First Woman to Fly Around the World

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    First two admissions: One) I don't remember hearing of her before today. Two) I don't have time to do any fact checking; I'm trusting this Buzzfeed article, and banging out a quick post for the 50th anniversary of the completion of her flight. Her name is Jerrie Mock. Is. She's still alive. Because she flew around the damn world and didn't get lost or run out of fuel or crash. It's too bad that she did it under the racelike conditions that she did, and didn't get more of a chance to explore the places she visited. I wish her later years had been happier and that she had had more opportunities…
  • Staying Alive - Be Prepared

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is from the Cheeseburger network's "demotivational posters," but it's the right rule for a pilot to remember. The exact wording on my poster would be "Always leave room for one more thing to go wrong." You can do a turn at low altitude close to the mountains, but can you do it at he same time as an engine failure or a bee sting? It sounds terribly negative, but constantly asking "what is the worst thing that could happen right now and how would I deal with it?" is a very positive way to fly. I think I already told you of the effect Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys has had on my life, but…
  • Fireproof Clothing One Can Pee Out Of

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Fireproof clothing that doesn't need to be removed before urinating: is that too much to ask? I have asked this question before on this blog, but then it was more rhetorical, Now I'm actually in the market for Nomex flightsuits compatible with in-flight urination. Preferably in company colours. (Protip: if you want to save money on flightsuits in company colours, make your company colours navy blue or khaki). So I turn to the first resort of anyone in the 21st century looking for anything: Google (because my phone isn't new enough to have Siri). Try and guess what the entire first page of…
  • Halon Extinguisher

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This video is sort of adorable, and I think it may be as close as I'm going to get to my VP's request of a video showing a Halon fire extinguisher in action. Finishing the job with an obviously capped bottle of water is a great touch. It was probably made for the same reason that I'm searching for on: it would be nice to know in advance how long the unit will function, what the chemical looks like coming out, and the efficacy we can expect in using it. Halon is restricted under the Montreal Protocol, to which Canada is signatory, so you can't just go out behind the hangar and discharge…
  • Celebritails

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My thanks go to regular reader Sarah for linking me to this article on the Canadian Forces Celebritail programme. I haven't managed to get a blogworthy picture of one in the field, must be the subtle colours, and I don't see most of these types at all at the airports I frequent. If you know the history behind all the people honoured on the tails, then you are a connoisseur of Canadian history and culture. The funniest one is the Bieber Bomber, and its mysterious poor dispatch record. I'll bet they're extra glad they took that picture off now!
 
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    Indy Transponder

  • Indy Transponder 17-APR-2014 1630z

    XPDR
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    This weekend - Thank you Fenccheck» Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2014 » Plane Crazy Sat / Mojave Fly-in 2014 » Wings Wheels and Rotors 2014Thousands to flock to see Wanaka warbirds * Newstalk ZB | Tens of thousands of people are set to flock to Wanaka this weekend to watch the biennial Warbirds Over Wanaka. 50,000 people are expected to attend the aviation extravaganza over Easter. This will be the 14th running of the show, which begun in 1988...Make a Wish Participants Get Private Air Show at Davis-Monthan - Arizona Public Media | More than 150,000 people attended the…
  • Indy Transponder 16-APR-2014 2245z

    XPDR
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    US approves F-35 flights to UK for two air shows in July: officials - KFGO | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, senior defense officials said Wednesday. The new warplane will make its international debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, an annual military air show help outside London in July, followed by appearances at the Farborough air show, held every other year, according to the officials, who were not…
  • Indy Transponder 16-APR-2014 1645z

    XPDR
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Rovinj Red Bull Air Race Attracts 80,000 * Croatia Week | ...“This event is of exceptional importance not only for Istria but also for the whole of Croatia. This is one of the best examples how to create motives for attracting tourists to come in Croatia before and after the peak season,” said Lorencin, adding that more premium international events to be hosted in Croatia would be announced soon. Austrian pilot Hannes Arch was the winner of the event which ended on Sunday, and he is not the only pilot hoping that the event organisers return to Croatia again....Pilot aims to reach for the…
  • Indy Transponder 15-APR-2014 2245z

    XPDR
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    News Briefs: Blue Angels return to Spirit of St. Louis Airport May 3-4 * Newsmagazine Network | ...This year, the air show will see the wheels of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornets touching down once more onto Spirit’s tarmac. Additionally, the Sky Soldiers – the show’s only helicopters – and pilots Skip Stewart and Patty Wagstaff  will take to the skies during the event, alongside other flight demonstrations....Thunder over Louisville: The Blue Angels Soar Over Louisville Waterfront * The Aero Experience | The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight demonstration Squadron…
  • Indy Transponder 15-APR-2014 1600z

    XPDR
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Arch wins Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj by 0.08s - Red Bull (International) | Awesome video highlights and our top-five closest-ever finishes to mark Hannes Arch’s Croatia win. Hannes Arch really turned the tables on Paul Bonhomme at the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia, at the weekend. Having edged Arch by a then-closest margin of 0.337s at Abu Dhabi Corniche in round one of this year's championship just over a month ago, the Englishman had to settle for second in round two in Croatia as his Austrian rival shattered the record again on Sunday to...It all started at an air show. Great…
 
 
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    Airplane Geeks Podcast » Podcast Feed

  • AirplaneGeeks 295 – Air Travel as a Jigsaw Puzzle

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Steven Frischling (“Fish”) builds jigsaw puzzles that divine the state of air travel, and he might be unique in his methodology. Fish also follows aviation security pretty closely. We talk with him about what he sees in the air travel industry, including which airline is the best when it comes to social interaction and demonstrating a commitment to customer service. And of course, you can’t talk with Fish without getting his comments on airport security. Fish blogs at Flying With Fish and you can follow him on Twitter as @FlyingWithFish. He also runs Travelers’ Night In, a travel…
  • AirplaneGeeks 294 – A Huge Hole in the Airport Fence

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Guest Robin Petgrave has over 10,000 hours of flight experience, and is Chief Pilot and President of Celebrity Helicopters, providing helicopter tours, charters, flight training, helicopter ferrying, and entertainment industry production work. Robin is also the Founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, which mentors young, economically deprived future aviators. T.A.M. offers hands-on involvement with static displays, aircraft simulators, and youth programs that use aviation and Robin’s success to show kids that they have unlimited potential to do whatever they love to do. Through…
  • AirplaneGeeks 293 – An Aerospace Engineer

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Guest Hillel Glazer joins in our conversation about the effects of Malaysia Airlines MH370: The media frenzy, crowd-sourcing the search, public access to information and how that affects the search and investigation, remote ground control of airliners, and the MH 370 investigation from the perspective of ICAO. Hillel also helps us understand what it means to be an aerospace engineer: the scope of activity, specialization, and if this a good time for that career. Also, the role of long, global supply chains in aircraft manufacturing, and why we see so many delays in new airplane introductions.
  • AirplaneGeeks 292 – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:23 am
    David and Max talk about the FAA/EAA agreement for Airventure, a unique Delta perk, and nano particle technology applied to jet engines. The Australia Desk covers increased air traffic activity due to the search for MH370, and a Tiger Moth AD. In the Across the Pond segment, we learn about aviation in Scandinavia. As always, the listener mail adds great topics, including more on the Flarm system, learning to fly first in a glider, a call for the fanciest/prettiest airport compass rose, cockpit voice recorder run time, the future of the A-10, nose-wheel cameras as IFE, and aviation book…
  • AirplaneGeeks 291 – What MH 370 Means to Aviation

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:51 am
    We talk with guest Henry Harteveldt about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and it’s impact on the airline, on Malaysia, and on the travel industry in general. Wo look at aircraft communications and speculation in the press in the face of changing facts that are really suppositions. Also, global security standards and the quality of the reporting. In his research paper, Your Most Profitable Customer In 2020-2040: Today’s 18-23 Year Old Traveler, Henry looks at this travel segment. He offers insights into the wants and needs of this age group and how companies in the travel industry…
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    My Flight Blog

  • Making the Best of a Marginal VFR Day

    tmacrock
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It had been a while since I had flown, so to get current, I booked some time with Simple Flight CFI Extraordinaire Al Waterloo. Our goal was to go out and do a biennial flight review flight (BFR). However, when...
  • Missed by History: Jerrie Mock The First Woman to Fly Around the World

    tmacrock
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Quick, name the most famous female aviator of all time? Of course your answer was Amelia Earhart, a revolutionary figure in aviation with a tragic story to boot. However, I contend that Jerrie Mock should have been in your decision...
  • San Francisco Seaplane Adventures

    tmacrock
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I think all pilots, subconsciously or not, gravitate towards airports. We can't keep our eyes from focusing on overflying airplanes and following them to airports, or at least that is what I do. While visiting San Francisco this past weekend...
  • 2013 Year of Flying in Review

    tmacrock
    16 Jan 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Typically my annual review is focused on the hours logged. This past year I feel I was as invested in general aviation as I have ever been, that being said my hours spent as PIC don't necessarily reflect that. Coming...
  • Aviation Adventures: Planned and Unplanned

    tmacrock
    22 Aug 2013 | 6:00 pm
    Aviation Adventures come in both the planned and unplanned variety, as illustrated by my most recent flight. Every August since 2005 I have covered the Chicago Air & Water Show for MyFlightBlog and a few other media outlets but in...
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    EAA - The Experimental Aircraft Association

  • Able Flight Awards Record Nine New Scholarships

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Able Flight, an organization that offers flight training scholarships to people with disabilities, has awarded a record nine new scholarships in 2014 with six recipients set to begin their training in May at Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology.
  • Homebuilders: We Need Your Input

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    To complement a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board, 'The Safety of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft,' EAA is conducting a new survey regarding first flight preparations and Phase I flight tests.
  • Air Racers 3D Hits Select IMAX Theatres

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    A new theatrical release of Air Racers 3D from 3D Entertainment Distribution is now showing at select IMAX theaters.
  • Enrollment in Sporty's Course Surpasses 25,000 Young Eagles

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    This week EAA and Sporty's announced that the more than 25,000 EAA Young Eagles have now enrolled in the online Sporty's Learn to Fly course, which is provided free to Young Eagles to help them pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight.
  • EAA Welcomes Full B-17 Crew for Special Flight

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    EAA's Boeing B-17G has made many memorable flights throughout the country, but one would be hard-pressed to come up with one more special than what occurred on Monday afternoon, April 14, in Oshkosh.
 
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  • After NATO withdrawal Afghanistan could slide into a regional proxy conflict

    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    With the political situation in Afghanistan in flux and international forces due to leave the country by the end of the year, The post After NATO withdrawal Afghanistan could slide into a regional proxy conflict appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesNew Attack Helicopters to Support India’s Mountain Strike CorpsNorth Korean mini-Drones are Made in ChinaIndia test fires Brahmos supersonic cruise missileThe Ukrainian crisis – a cyber warfare battlefieldDRDO Develops Self propelled Gun…
  • North Korean mini-Drones are Made in China

    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    According to ‘Alert 5‘ news blog, these drones are commercial off-the-shelf SKY-09P models made in China, by Taiyuan Navigation Technology. Based on The post North Korean mini-Drones are Made in China appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesIndia test fires Brahmos supersonic cruise missileNorth Korean drone incursions, Drive SOuth Korean Air Surveillance RevampAlarmed by North Korean drone incursions, Seoul is seeking to beef-up air surveillanceChinese Claimed Airspace Outrages Far East…
  • Videos for 2014-04-17

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Predator UAV Assembly and missions Predator UAV Assembly and missions Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) - including MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk, as well as a number of operational types that are still secretive 'black' programs. Due to the increase in demand, and introduction of more capable platforms carrying multiple payloads, RPA pilots have had a significant increase in workload, and insufficient training, a report by the US Government Accountability Office determined.
  • GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots

    News Desk
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – The post GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesPoland Backtracks on its Decision to Replace Strike Fighters with DronesWorld First: Neuron UCAV flying in formation with Rafale, Falcon 7XThe Ukrainian crisis – a cyber warfare battlefieldSingapore Airshow 2014 Photo PreviewAlarmed by North Korean…
  • Jordanian Fighter Jets Attack Repel Terror Raid from Syria, Iraq?

    News Desk
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the Jordanian army said in The post Jordanian Fighter Jets Attack Repel Terror Raid from Syria, Iraq? appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesIsrael Launches OFEQ 10 Spy SatelliteNew ‘Samson’ C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft Lands in IsraelIsrael Sizes a Gaza-Bound Shipload of M-302 Heavy RocketsPatriots and F-16s Deployment to Jordan: A beachead or UmbrellaI?Boeing P-8A Begins Advanced…
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  • Short Field Takeoff

    JetAviator7
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    A Short Field TakeoffFor pilots one of the most challenging situations are the short field takeoff. But add to that density altitude and you have even more of a challenge! Over the years I have encountered a number of times when a short field takeoff was required by runway length or density altitude considerations; however, I never trusted the charts to be completely accurate because the aircraft I was flying was not brand new flown by a test pilot. As a result I always added a safety margin. Short Field Technique The short field takeoff technique you use will be determined by the type of…
  • P51 Mustang Ford Mustang

    JetAviator7
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    What do the P51 Mustang airplane and the Ford Mustang car have to do with each other? I recently ran across an old article entitled “Two P-51 pilots reunite with their warbirds…” about their being reunited with the aircraft they flew while at Oshkosh in 2009. Brothers had flown Mustang aircraft in World War II. The article was about Cuthbert (Bill) Pattillo and Charles (Buck) Pattillo, twin brothers who wound up flying missions over Europe. The Pattillo Brothers in WWII The Pattillo Brothers with a P-51 in WWIIHere the two brothers are photographed in front of the…
  • Herch’s Aviation Picks Of The Week

    JetAviator7
    22 Feb 2014 | 1:30 am
    John TravolataIt must be nice to own your very own Boeing 707 to fly around on business! Just think, no worries about fuel costs, no management to tell you how to operate and no one to be accountable too! It must be nice! Britain Claims They Inspired John Travolta To Fly! In a recent article in the Mirror the Brits claim Travolta told them he learned to fly because of Britain’s proud aviation history. John Travolta reveals Brits inspired him to learn to fly as he touches down in London Feb 17, 2014 08:29 By Marc Baker Movie star John Travolta flew himself to London this week – and…
  • The City Of Richmond Ford TriMotor

    JetAviator7
    3 Feb 2014 | 7:21 am
    Ford Tri-Motor The City Of Richmond In FlightIn 2009 this Ford TriMotor (also known as a “Tin Goose“) was sold at auction. What a beautiful aircraft this is! The story of the Ford Trimotor began with William Bushnell Stout, an aeronautical engineer who had previously designed several aircraft using principles similar to those of Professor Hugo Junkers, the noted German aircraft designer. In the early 1920s a group of 19 investors led by Henry Ford invested in the Stout Metal Airplane Company. Mr. Stout was a bold and imaginative salesman and when short of money for his ompany sent…
  • 78 And Still Going Strong – The Douglas DC-3

    JetAviator7
    24 Jan 2014 | 1:30 am
    Air Columbia DC-3 by Juan Carlos Rocha for Infosurhoy.comThe venerable Douglas DC-3 first flew on December 17, 1935 and many of them continue to fly to this day. 16,079 different variants of the Douglas DC-3 were manufactured and by 1998 over 400 were still flying. 10,048 were military variants of the Douglas DC-3 designated the C-47 and C-53. American Airlines inaugurated passenger service on the Douglas DC-3 on June 26, 1936, with simultaneous flights from Newark, N.J. and Chicago, IL. The Douglas DC-3 Today Today you will find the Douglas DC-3 still in service flying into and out of remote…
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  • Short Field Takeoff

    JetAviator7
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    A Short Field TakeoffFor pilots one of the most challenging situations are the short field takeoff. But add to that density altitude and you have even more of a challenge! Over the years I have encountered a number of times when a short field takeoff was required by runway length or density altitude considerations; however, I never trusted the charts to be completely accurate because the aircraft I was flying was not brand new flown by a test pilot. As a result I always added a safety margin. Short Field Technique The short field takeoff technique you use will be determined by the type of…
  • P51 Mustang Ford Mustang

    JetAviator7
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    What do the P51 Mustang airplane and the Ford Mustang car have to do with each other? I recently ran across an old article entitled “Two P-51 pilots reunite with their warbirds…” about their being reunited with the aircraft they flew while at Oshkosh in 2009. Brothers had flown Mustang aircraft in World War II. The article was about Cuthbert (Bill) Pattillo and Charles (Buck) Pattillo, twin brothers who wound up flying missions over Europe. The Pattillo Brothers in WWII The Pattillo Brothers with a P-51 in WWIIHere the two brothers are photographed in front of the…
  • Herch’s Aviation Picks Of The Week

    JetAviator7
    22 Feb 2014 | 1:30 am
    John TravolataIt must be nice to own your very own Boeing 707 to fly around on business! Just think, no worries about fuel costs, no management to tell you how to operate and no one to be accountable too! It must be nice! Britain Claims They Inspired John Travolta To Fly! In a recent article in the Mirror the Brits claim Travolta told them he learned to fly because of Britain’s proud aviation history. John Travolta reveals Brits inspired him to learn to fly as he touches down in London Feb 17, 2014 08:29 By Marc Baker Movie star John Travolta flew himself to London this week – and…
  • The City Of Richmond Ford TriMotor

    JetAviator7
    3 Feb 2014 | 7:21 am
    Ford Tri-Motor The City Of Richmond In FlightIn 2009 this Ford TriMotor (also known as a “Tin Goose“) was sold at auction. What a beautiful aircraft this is! The story of the Ford Trimotor began with William Bushnell Stout, an aeronautical engineer who had previously designed several aircraft using principles similar to those of Professor Hugo Junkers, the noted German aircraft designer. In the early 1920s a group of 19 investors led by Henry Ford invested in the Stout Metal Airplane Company. Mr. Stout was a bold and imaginative salesman and when short of money for his ompany sent…
  • 78 And Still Going Strong – The Douglas DC-3

    JetAviator7
    24 Jan 2014 | 1:30 am
    Air Columbia DC-3 by Juan Carlos Rocha for Infosurhoy.comThe venerable Douglas DC-3 first flew on December 17, 1935 and many of them continue to fly to this day. 16,079 different variants of the Douglas DC-3 were manufactured and by 1998 over 400 were still flying. 10,048 were military variants of the Douglas DC-3 designated the C-47 and C-53. American Airlines inaugurated passenger service on the Douglas DC-3 on June 26, 1936, with simultaneous flights from Newark, N.J. and Chicago, IL. The Douglas DC-3 Today Today you will find the Douglas DC-3 still in service flying into and out of remote…
 
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  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – TR Update / Beyond Powder / Giveway – Episode 537

    Staff Writer
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Tune in for a full update on the B-17 Texas Raiders.  Find out how there 1/2 month tour to Sun-N-Fun and more went!  We’ll also speak with a WWII Blimp crewmember who flew along the east coast on coastal patrols.  This particular veteran went on to serve on Privateers and said “today” […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – Arlington’s Next Fly-Over – Episode 536

    Staff Writer
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – The patriots at Warrior Aviation are at it again!  Listen in as Pat Marsh and Mark Burgess outline their next honor flight over Arlington National Cemetery later this month.  Download this episode for all the details. FYI…Gary Velasco also chimes in on next week’s big giveaway.  Thanks for tuning in! QUICK LINK:  Warrior […]
  • Freeman Field Recovery Team On NatGeo – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep535

    Staff Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:08 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Our friends at the Freeman Field Recovery Team will be featured on NatGeo’s popular show Diggers this Tuesday (March 11th) at 10pm (EST) on the NatGeo Channel.  David Gray joins Matt Jolley with an update on the buried WWII German aircraft on Freeman Field.  Find out how the recovery is progressing and […]
  • WWII P-47 Pilot Herb Stachler “PREVIEW” – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

    Staff Writer
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:57 am
    MONDAY – Here’s a look back at one of our “best of” shows.  Matt’s back from Dayton, Ohio with a new Warbird Radio Presents.  Warbird Radio Presents – The Herb Stachler Story will debut later this week…but Monday morning Matt will play an un-edited selection of Herb’s interview on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Mr. Stachler has […]
  • B-17 Lacey Lady Restoration Update – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep534

    Staff Writer
    11 Feb 2014 | 11:42 am
    WARBIRD RADIO – Sean O’brien from the B-17 Alliance Group joins Matt Jolley with a restoration update on their B-17 “Lacey Lady”.  Gary Velasco (Fighting Colors.com) also stops by to announce the start of a nose art panel give away here on Warbird Radio.  For complete contest rules download the show now and take a […]
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  • New airline routes launched (8 – 14 April 2014)

    anna.aero
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Week three of the summer season is a bit quieter with 29 airlines starting a total of 78 new routes. German, Spanish and French LCCs lead the way this week, Flybe grows in Birmingham, while flynas and Garuda Indonesia both have new long-haul services involving Jeddah. The rest of this week’s new routes (A – […]The post New airline routes launched (8 – 14 April 2014) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Valencia shows-off Cake certificate; Ryanair opens Greek base #3 at Athens; Emirates celebrates 10th anniversary at Glasgow; Air Serbia at Sofia, more news from Munich, Stuttgart, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Newcastle, Shannon, Bordeaux and Jacksonville airports

    anna.aero
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Another busy week for Network Planning Community News, including Valencia Airport showing-off COTW certificate; Ryanair opening its third base at Athens Airport and Emirates celebrating its 10th anniversary at Glasgow Airport. We also have newsworthy events from our peers from around the world.The post Valencia shows-off Cake certificate; Ryanair opens Greek base #3 at Athens; Emirates celebrates 10th anniversary at Glasgow; Air Serbia at Sofia, more news from Munich, Stuttgart, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Newcastle, Shannon, Bordeaux and Jacksonville airports appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Budapest runway run latest: Jet2.com boss to race Wizz CEO on home Tarmac

    anna.aero
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Jet2.com Managing Director, Ian Doubtfire, has become the first airline boss to sign up to the challenge to race Wizz Air CEO József Váradi in a bid to win the title of “Fastest Airline Leader in the World” in the 12km running race taking place on Budapest Airport’s Runway 13R-31L in September. Jet2.com Managing Director, […]The post Budapest runway run latest: Jet2.com boss to race Wizz CEO on home Tarmac appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Find out which airport left the competition drenched in the public vote for S14 week two ‘Arch of Triumph’

    anna.aero
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    The second week of public voting for the ‘Arch of Triumph’ S14 week two ends in a landslide win. See which fire department blew the competition out of the water. Not content with claiming first and second position in the Cake of the Week vote, thanks to Bucharest Airport’s fire department, Ryanair can now add […]The post Find out which airport left the competition drenched in the public vote for S14 week two ‘Arch of Triumph’ appeared first on anna.aero.
  • The lines are now closed and your vote will no longer register – you’ve missed your chance to vote for the Cake of the Week S14 Part 2

    anna.aero
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Over 2,300 readers have had their say and here are the results you’ve patiently been waiting for. Ryanair celebrate gold and silver for the best cakes in the Summer Scheduling Season Part 2 readers vote. It was a close run race to be crowned winner of the public vote for Cake of the Week S14 […]The post The lines are now closed and your vote will no longer register – you’ve missed your chance to vote for the Cake of the Week S14 Part 2 appeared first on anna.aero.
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  • British Airways Visit Soon tugs on the heartstrings, with Tourism Australia #visitsoon

    Shashank Nigam
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Imagine you have gone to watch a movie in the theatre. And it turns to be about your family! That’s exactly what happened to Alec and Catherine, two elderly British couple whose daughter moved to Australia with her family a few years ago. As they sat in the packed theatre, they realised that the subject of movie they are watching is their own grand daughter, Esme Rowling. Their reactions, captured aptly in a video, are priceless and heartwarming. The video features Esme enjoying her life in Sydney, swimming everyday, playing with her friends, but missing her grand parents as well. The…
  • 5 Lessons Airline Marketers Can Learn from Southwest Airlines’ Latest Viral Video

    Shubhodeep Pal
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Southwest Airlines is the talk of the internet once again. And deservedly so.  The airline, well-known for its creative marketing campaigns and powerful online brand, has delivered — in an apparently unplanned fashion — a viral hit on YouTube. The video, presumably shot on a mobile phone, features an SWA flight attendant reeling off the most hilarious one-liners while making routine safety announcements. While we’ve seen a number of popular in-flight videos — such as dancing flight attendants, funny pilots,  in-flight concerts and even rapping flight attendants, the…
  • Airport Marketing SimpliRecap: Personal Shoppers, Chinese Social Media, Airport WiFi woes & more!

    Shubhodeep Pal
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Editor’s Note: While SimpliFlying’s aviation marketing thought leadership goes far and wide, we know there is more great content beyond our borders. SimpliRecap is a feature that ensures that our readers don’t miss the latest in airline and airport marketing. This week’s selection is from the world of airport marketing. Find our previous editions here. An epic rant about Düsseldorf Airport WiFi by Someone who Matters Neelie Kroes is the  European Commissioner for Digital Agenda. So when she’s angry about WiFi at an airport, you know it matters. In a big way. Here’s a…
  • Turkish Airlines “Widen Your World” blog shares crewsourced destination tips with travellers

    Shashank Nigam
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    In February, Neset Dereli was at the Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro station in Moscow, where he spotted a dog’s statue where the nose was clearly worn out. He realised that it was because you’re supposed to be showered with good luck by rubbing the nose. Instead of just sharing this travel tip with his Facebook friends or over Whatsapp, he submitted as an entry it to the Turkish Airlines “Widen Your World” blog. He could do that because he works with the airline, and this is their latest attempt to add value to the travel experience, through a crewsourced blog –…
  • Which were the best airline marketing campaigns in March 2014? Find out in our Airline Marketing Benchmark Report

    Shubhodeep Pal
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    Jointly produced by SimpliFlying, and industry and consumer trends research agency, airlinetrends.com, the highly-acclaimed Airline Marketing Benchmark Report analyses a wide range of airline marketing case studies each month. The monthly report contains a selection of the 15 most innovative marketing and advertising campaigns launched by airlines around the world and assesses their impact. If you are a numbers person, you’d love our report too! What’s in this month’s report? A wide range of case studies were chosen across 5 categories — Special Themed Campaigns (April…
 
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  • If The Purpose of Your Ad is to “Get Your Name Out There,” Don’t Waste Your Money!

    Paula Williams
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    “I was kind of upset. We had run the ad for three months straight, and received no inquiries.  But, as the ad salesman said, the real purpose is really to ‘get our name out there.’” Um, no. To “get your name out there” is a fine objective if you’re Coca Cola or Boeing or GE. For the rest of us, we require better performance from our marketing dollars. “But shouldn’t we be copying the methods of big, successful companies? After all, that’s who they mention in the marketing textbooks.” Um, no again. A big, important brand with a…
  • Use Your Company (Or Product’s) Core Story to Build Your Brand

    Paula Williams
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    When people click on the “About Us” link on your website, do they see (option 1) a list of dry facts and figures, or (option 2)  a fascinating “core story” about why your company was started and what it stands for?  Which option is a more effective way to build your brand? The vast majority of companies use option 1. What a horrible waste of an opportunity! If a visitor to your website has invested the time to read more about your company, shouldn’t you reward his curiosity with something more interesting than the usual corporate-speak litany like this:…
  • Marketing and Privacy – Mutually Exclusive?

    Paula Williams
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Balancing marketing efforts with privacy concerns is something we discuss with every new client, and something that everyone involved with marketing or sales should consider carefully. We recently spoke with an entrepreneur we met at a trade show. “I just started a new business venture, and of course I want it to be successful. We have an innovative product and I need to do everything I can to get the word out.” I asked what his plans were for marketing his new business. He listed the “usual suspects” – a website, pay-per-click ads, magazine ads, trade shows, and…
  • What Are Your Customers Too Embarrassed to Tell You?

    Paula Williams
    22 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Your customers are smart people. But sometimes, they are too embarrassed to tell you what they don’t know. Especially if you sell high-tech, complex, or large-ticket items; this can be more of a problem than you realize. ABCI buys and uses a ridiculous amount of software and data subscription services. These sophisticated tools change frequently, and are become worthless if we don’t also spend a ridiculous amount of time learning to use them well and staying current on changes in technology and markets. We attend several seminars per year and do a LOT of reading and talking to…
  • How “Sales Choreography” Prevents Prospect Chasing

    Paula Williams
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Sales is more often described as “chasing” than dancing. We think that’s a problem. We were discussing this concept in a Sandler Sales training meeting, and it led to an animated conversation among a group of professional salespeople. Chasing customers is exhausting for you, irritating for them, and rarely does anybody get “caught.” Sales, like dancing, should involve two players. If the other party isn’t dancing with you,  go find another partner. Here’s how sales choreography  should work - You take a step. You could publish an ad or a web page (a…
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    Multiply LeadershipMultiply Leadership | Flight Test + Mathematics x Leadership

  • VJ101 — Airplanes by Design

    Mark Jones Jr
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    10 April 1963 was the first flight of the VJ 101, a German VTOL research aircraft designed for supersonic speeds. It is now on display in Germany. __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. Do you have pictures of aircraft that uniquely illustrate airplane design characteristics? I’d be happy to post them and link to your website. Send a message to @FlightTestFact on Twitter to share…
  • an example of application — ATOMs #14-12

    Mark Jones Jr
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The last post in this series suggested that application is hard. Here I want to share one brief example of application. Imagine trying to shoot an apple. Mathematics describes the ballistic arc of the bullet subject to the forces of gravity and drag and the like. Statistics will tell us that the wind is a significant factor, highly correlated to the accuracy and precision of our shot. Applied tools of mathematics and statistics tell us whether or not we’ll blow off the head of the boy upon which the apple rests. __________________________________________________ Download the white paper…
  • in praise of dumb ideas — observations #26

    Mark Jones Jr
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard decided to first start a company and then figure out what they would make. They just started moving forward, trying anything that might get them out of the garage and pay the light bills. According to Bill Hewlett: When I talk to business schools occasionally, the professor of management is devastated when I say that we didn’t have any plans when we started— we were just opportunistic. We did anything that would bring in a nickel. We had a bowling foul-line indicator, a clock drive for a telescope, a thing to make a urinal flush automatically, and a…
  • First Flight of the Airbus A310 — Airplanes by Design

    Mark Jones Jr
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    3 April 1982 was the first flight of the Airbus A310. Pictured here is the prototype A310. __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. Do you have pictures of aircraft that uniquely illustrate airplane design characteristics? I’d be happy to post them and link to your website. Send a message to @FlightTestFact on Twitter to share your Airplanes by Design stories and photos. See more…
  • Index of First Flights – March

    Mark Jones Jr
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback needed: Should I clean up the format? Should I hyperlink or just leave it as plain text? What else do you like or not like about the layout? An incomplete index of first flights flown in March. 3/1/74 Sikorsky YCH-53E heavy helicopter prototype made its first flight.#flighttest http://ow.ly/3hG7AR #photo via @josemanzella 3/2/1969 – First flight of the British Aircraft Corp (BAC) Concorde #flighttest // Birth of the Concorde #Video http://ow.ly/u979O 3/5/1993 – First flight of the MH02 at Mississippi State University #flighttest http://ow.ly/ufNYg 3/6/1964 First flight of…
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    FLY DOMINiCAN REPUBLIC

  • Sun N Fun 2014 Galeria de Fotos

    Franklin Polanco
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    La República Dominicana estuvo presente en Sun N Fun 2014. La delegación  dominicana  esta encabeza por el Director del Departamento Aeroportuario  Aristides Fernandez  Zucco  y el Lic.Carlos Leroux, representando a la Comisión Aeropuertuaria  dominicana,  junto  a los directivos del Aeropuerto Internacional de Santiago de los Caballeros, situado en el centro de la República Dominicana,  donde operan unas 10 lineas  areas diariamente   hacia diferentes destinos. El grupo de Santiago  promociono  el tabaco dominicanos,  donde un especialista  tabaqueros fabricaba a manos…
  • Welcome the Fly Dominican Republic

    Franklin Polanco
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Fly Dominican Republic is a website created by Pilots in the Dominican Republic to provide information for general aviation pilots all over the world. A little bit of history: Since the Dominican 500 Fly In, celebrated in 1992, with the United States West Indies Flyers, 500 planes flew from Florida to the old airport of Santiago and to different parts of the country. Fly Ins from the United States, Puerto Rico and other  parts of the world were common but privately coordinated between frindley pilot communities. Since 2007,  in a joined private and gobernment efforts new laws have been put…
  • RD SE UNE A 40 ANOS DE CONVENCION AEREA SUN AND FUN

    Franklin Polanco
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    LAKELAND- 2 DE ABRIL— Las autoridades aeronáuticas  y turísticas  en la República Dominicana se unieron a la celebración  de los 40 anos, de una de las mayores  convenciones de  aviones privados de los Estados Unidos Sun  and Fun  en Lakeland   Florida, celebrando del 1  al 6 de este mes,  con el propósito de promover los destinos turísticos  dominicanos y los ocho aeropuertos internacionales  con que cuenta  esa isla, la de mayor actividad turística del Caribe,  que fue visita en el 2013  por 159 aerolíneas  de todo el mundo charters,  vuelos regulares y turismo de…
  • Coming to SUN N FUN? VISIT OUR BOOTHS

    Franklin Polanco
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    RD se une a celebración 40 años de Sun n Fun VISIT OUR BOOTHS – Hangar A Booths 77/78/79 Caribbean Flying Adventures, The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico WIN FREE Memberships and FREE Cuban Overflight Permits FREE Flying Ambassador Service: Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico Sit in on one of our Seminars www.CaribbeanFlyingAdventures.com Coming to SUN N FUN? April 1-6, 2014         Want to rest your feet for a few minutes?       Join Jim Parker of Caribbean Flying Adventures       Wednesday 10 noon – Room #4   Thursday 10…
  • 1er FLY In AEROCLUB NACO – FAD – EXITO TOTAL

    Franklin Polanco
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:52 pm
    RD se une a 40 años de SunNFun Primer Fly In Aeroclub Naco - FAD Por Carlos Leroux, Santo Domingo, Marzo 16, 2014. Primer Fly-In organizado por el Aero Club Naco y la Fuerza Aérea Dominicana a la Base Aérea de San Isidro el 16 de Marzo del 2014 donde convergieron una docena de aeronaves procedentes del Aeropuerto Internacional del Higuero y el Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao. La FAD ofreció un tour por todas sus instalaciones donde explicaron las diversas funciones y operaciones que ejecuta cada uno de los escuadrones aéreos dentro de la base. Así mismo demostraron uno de los ocho…
 
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  • Searching… for a lost airliner and others

    Richard Collins
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I don’t think that I believed I would ever see a search as long, expensive, and detailed as the one for the Malaysian 777. I did, though, in my time in the business, have some interesting experiences related to searching for lost airplanes. Most were in the seventies, when I was living in Arkansas. I was involved in some because I was an appointed member of the Arkansas Aeronautics Commission. We had no formal role in searches because they were in the capable hands of the Civil Air Patrol and the USAF. We were just an interested party. Arkansas had a unique problem that led to a lot of…
  • I have my license – now what?

    Greg Chestnut
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    In January of this year, I was fortunate enough to obtain my instrument rating. I’m a private pilot who, ever since I was a boy, always looked skyward and dreamed of becoming an actual pilot. My goal was to fly F-18s for the military, but that bubble was burst when I was in Air Force ROTC in high school and they told me I would be too tall to fly in fighters. The feeling of accomplishment is great – but now what? Fast forward to 2010… My mother is literally on her deathbed, and she looked at me and asked me not to squander my precious days here on Earth and to seek out and…
  • Heroes and goats

    John Swallow
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    1 October, 1964. After returning from Europe in January, 1963, being trained as an instructor on the T-33, working as a line instructor for ten months, and being sent to coward’s cove (simulator section) for the winter, I was transferred to the Flying Instructors School. The job change was a pleasant surprise as the Advanced Flying School was being moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and had it not been for the posting, I would have been part of the move. I had nothing against Moose Jaw, but I was beginning to enjoy Portage La Prairie. After four months as an “instructor’s instructor,”…
  • Some things are better done without an audience

    Dave Sandidge
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    In June of 1970, my grandparents flew into town to visit with us for several days and it just so happened that I had a flying lesson scheduled for the following Saturday afternoon. After lunch on the appointed day, my dad suggested that we all take a ride out to the municipal airport so they could watch me do touch and go landings. My instructor, Mr. Hillman, had recently informed me that I was about ready to start the cross-country portion of my training, which I was eager to do, but he wanted one more session of traffic pattern practice. After arriving at the airport, Dad said they’d all…
  • A family affair… finally

    Liad Biton
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    It is Sunday afternoon, I have the two kids strapped into the Mooney and I am about to push the throttle forward… but WAIT, before we go there, we need to take a quick jump back in time, to 2001. My wife and I moved to San Diego around that time. Between med school and exams (that’s her, I am simply not that smart) we decided to take a trip to San Felipe, in Mexico. We got in the car and drove for five hours, and when we arrived had so much fun we promised to do it again the very next month. That was 10 years ago. San Felipe: a five hour drive or a two hour flight. (Courtesy TripAdvisor)…
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    iPad Pilot News

  • New NFlight app integrates with ForeFlight

    John Zimmerman
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    NFlight’s new iPhone Video Kit includes a variable ND prop filter, headset audio cable and suction cup mount. NFlight Technologies has become the leading supplier of aviation video accessories, with a variety of solutions for the GoPro and Garmin VIRB cameras, but also for the iPhone. At Sun ‘n Fun this year, the company unveiled some new products and a new app that just might make the iPhone a legitimate contender for the best cockpit video camera. While many pilots might scoff at the idea of using an iPhone for aviation videos, it’s actually a very capable…
  • Caring for your iPad battery

    Bret Koebbe
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    The inside of an iPad is mostly batteries. One of the most under-appreciated features of the iPad is its fantastic battery life. Even with a high resolution screen and a powerful processor, Apple’s tablet offers a battery life of 4 to 6 (or more) hours in the air–better than almost every other competing tablet. This is a huge advantage in the cockpit, as it’ll last for the duration of all but the longest flights. But there are a number of things you can do to improve the performance of your iPad battery and keep it in top working condition. First, it’s important to…
  • An app dedicated to Area Forecasts

    Bret Koebbe
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The free Area Forecast app provides a quick and easy way to view these text forecasts. The big aviation apps provide a one-stop shop for preflight weather, and include the majority of the graphic text and weather products you should be looking at before each flight. One forecast that we think should be integral to your pre-flight weather checks is the Area Forecast, which is not directly accessible in most apps. To view this text forecast in an app like ForeFlight or WingX Pro you first need to enter your flight plan data and then retrieve a full weather briefing, which includes an Area…
  • ForeFlight releases version 6.0

    Bret Koebbe
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The wait is over today for many pilots, as ForeFlight released the much-anticipated version 6 update to the popular flight planning and navigation app. While this update brings a variety of new terrain, Stratus and flight plan features to the app, the first thing you’ll notice is the new, refined interface. Every screen throughout the app has been updated to a new modern design that improves the contrast and readability. The good news here is that all the buttons and menus are located in the exact same location as previous versions, so while they may look a little different,…
  • iPad navigation app buyer’s guide

    Bret Koebbe
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The landscape for full-featured EFB apps continues to evolve rapidly as developers push the limits of the iPad’s capability with exciting new features. This chart represents the latest comparison of the most popular EFB apps available today. One thing you’ll notice is that our list is a bit smaller than previous versions, as the Bendix King myWingMan app is no longer available. We also removed the Anywhere Map app since the developer has not released an update since 2012. You will find one new app in our list this time, Air Navigation Pro, which has proved to be a very useful app…
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    New Airport Insider

  • Critical Controls: What Keeps You Up at Night?

    Dan Parsons
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Checking your entire system of controls is a big job. Reporting on those checks would be an even bigger job and not necessarily a welcome thing if your senior management is as busy as mine. The company I work for employs a criticality filter to focus our accountability on those activities that mean the most. […]
  • A-CDM at Brussels Airport: Roadmap to Implementation

    Kris de Bolle
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
    In the previous episode, we made acquaintance with the stakeholders that were involved in successfully deploying Airport Collaborative Decision Making at Brussels Airport. Let’s now dive again into the 6 A-CDM concept elements and discover how a successful implementation can be approached. This is part 1 of 2. First Initiatives We need to go way […]
  • Rest Assured: Safety Assurance for a Good Night’s Sleep

    Dan Parsons
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:15 am
    This is part 1 in a 3-part series on proactive safety assurance. This article provides a little overview on safety assurance as a process and a potential way to lighten the load to get started. Of the 4 pillars of ICAO’s Safety Management System (SMS) framework, I tend to think that Safety Assurance is the […]
  • Turkey Airports Build: Tackling Demand

    Guillaume Dupont
    5 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    This is part 2 in a 2-part series on Turkey airports build. In part 1, we looked at the current state of airports in Turkey. Istanbul’s new airport is without any doubt more than a plan to solve Ataturk’s current saturation. The mega project ”won’t only meet Turkey’s needs, but also be a hub for […]
  • Turkey Airports Build: Demand Surge

    Guillaume Dupont
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This is part 1 of 2 articles exploring the growth of airports in Turkey.   We hear a lot less about the aviation in Turkey  than in many other countries and even though Turkish Airlines ordered several hundred Boeing and Airbus jets last year, the huge orders of the gulf carriers quickly took the headlines, again. And when […]
 
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    Flying Lessons - Becoming A Pilot

  • A phenomenon to be known : carburetor icing

    Yas Sine
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The heroic age are far away, the pilot always had an attentive ear to very possible engine misfire and welcomed to complete a flight without receiving a squirt of oil in the face. Our engines are reliable and respond with flexibility to changes in power that they’re asked. However, they still have a weak point in any light aircraft. Indeed , if they are not injected, they possess a carburetor. And this, by its very nature, is exposed to a danger that is important to know if one wants to address them properly. This danger is the icing. Icing that gradually closes input air-fuel mixture…
  • Flying Lessons – Powertrain

    Yas Sine
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:32 am
    Powertrain Faithful to our purpose to initiate the future pilot to his new environment by emphasizing the specific problems essentially different from those of “creeping “, we now turn to the powertrain. Two, four or six cylinders “flat ” air cooling: in principle, the internal combustion engine of a light aircraft resembles to the one of a car, except for two details: first, it causes a propeller instead of actuating the wheels, after which the feet of the driver is captured by the lifter, the throttle pedal is replaced by a handle. The real difference lies in its…
  • Flight Instrumments Part 3 – Flying Lessons

    Yas Sine
    15 Mar 2014 | 8:07 am
    Flight Instrumments Part III The artificial horizon • Role Our first concern , once in the air, is to stabilize our plane in the correct position : zero inclination and slope (or base) corresponding to the desired climb. In practice, we instinctively see it on the horizon shot. If horizontally cut our windshield is that the slope is zero: our wings regardless of their dihedral are parallel to the floor. For the plate it’s from the height that the horizon is cutting the windshield that we control. But throughout the flight, alas , the visibility conditions are not always ideal. In the fog,…
  • Flight instruments Part 2 – Flying Lessons

    Yas Sine
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:21 am
    Flight instruments Part II Description of the dial Specifically, the altimeter has cut from its dial , a small window that reveals the graduations of a barometric scale , graduated in millibars. Altimeter dial, it is usually calibrated in feet (1 foot = 0.305 m ) and usually has, as our clocks, two needles. Great for hundreds of feet, a little to the thousands. Outside the dial, a knob to display the reference pressure. For example, on the ground before takeoff, the pilot putting his altimeter needle 0 emerging in the window graduations current barometric pressure at the aerodrome. This will…
  • Flight Instruments Part I – Flying Lessons

    Yas Sine
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Flight Instruments Overview Steering instruments are almost seven in number. It will be no problem to keep the list if we always allocated logically following the two components of the displacement of a plane: vertical and horizontal.   The Instruments on the vertical or, more precisely, the lift are : the anemometer, variometer, altimeter The Instruments on the horizontal or, more precisely, the path of the aircraft are: artificial horizon, compass, heading indicator, the turn indicator, the ball. First group The anemometer indicates the speed to the relative wind or airspeed, creative…
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    Keyboard and Rudder: Notes of a CFI

  • Just because your engine dies doesn't mean you have to.

    Larry M. Coleman
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Among people who don't fly, there is a misconception that the only thing keeping an aircraft in the air is the engine. In reality, the plane stays in the air because of the wings, and all the engine really does is keep it there longer than it would have without an engine.(Of course, glider pilots would argue that the engine doesn't even do that, since they have no engine and they routinely fly over 1000 miles in competitive events, which is hundreds of miles more range than the typical small Cessna/Piper/Beech.)I created a short video a little while back to demonstrate this in action by…
  • A collision that won't raise your insurance rates

    Larry M. Coleman
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Googie precedes Google by 50 years, but you can combine the two and use Google to search for Googie. That's a neat trick, but what does that have to do with aviation?Three things: the movement itself was inspired by the new Jet Age, the Theme Building (or "flying saucer") at LAX and the TWA Flight Center at JFK are oft-cited examples of Googie architecture, and the FAA's AC 00-6A, Aviation Weather, which you will need to become friends with as part of your ground study, is marinaded in hand-drawn examples of Mid-Century Modern art, right down to the cover:State of the 1975 art. And that's the…
  • Coming back to life

    Larry M. Coleman
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:13 pm
    A few days ago, AOPA announced a "rusty pilots" initiative to help bring people who haven't flown in years back into the ranks of active pilots. This is a great idea, and I certainly hope it succeeds. After all, one of the hardest things about being a pilot is becoming a pilot, so it's a lot harder to add to the pilot community by creating new pilots from scratch than it is to "resurrect" lapsed pilots.Notice I didn't say "former pilots". That's because there is no such thing as a former pilot: once you have a license, it's good forever. However, you can't exercise the privileges of that…
  • Who put Loki in charge of the weather this year?

    Larry M. Coleman
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:03 am
    For almost everyone in the United States, this has been an unusual winter. Here in the Great Lakes area, we have been blasted with cold front after bitter cold front, and many of them have been powerful enough to plow their way all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico, bringing snow all the way to New Orleans. In the past couple of weeks, we have been teased with some almost 60° days, only to have those hopes of Spring squashed with another coat of snow.We're entering the first of the semi-annual unsettled weather periods, albeit a bit late. The first unsettled period happens around March or…
  • A million little pilots and not a single transponder

    Larry M. Coleman
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    This probably looks like a mundane, "nothing to see here" weather radar snapshot. However, it's actually a nice sign that spring is finally just around the corner!Why? Because those circular green patches are not rain, but are actually flocks of birds migrating back north and being reflected on radar:From Weather Underground, one of my favorite weather sites.You see this same pattern in the evening/pre-dawn hours during the summer when bugs and birds are active. In the fall, the green patches start from the north and work their way south.Happy almost-spring!
 
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